Fishtree allows teachers to prepare and assign adaptive lessons. Students use the tool to complete their work and to communicate with their teachers and each other. Fishtree requires a license to use, typically purchased by a district.
For teachers, the central activity in Fishtree is building lessons. Teachers set a lesson’s objectives and select the standards that will be addressed. Based on the standard selected, Fishtree generates a list of content that will go into the lesson; content is sourced from open platforms like CK-12, Khan Academy and YouTube, as well as from a teacher’s own lesson plans and premium, third party content. Teachers select which content they want to assign, build or select an assessment to end the lesson and then select the students (or groups of students) that will receive the assignment.
Fishtree integrates with many existing SIS’s, LMS’s, and gradebooks, so that content from Fishtree can be incorporated into the school’s existing tech infrastructure. Teachers can also override Fishtree’s adaptive system and directly manage the videos and lessons that a student views.
A student’s dashboard is centered around a social feed of class activity, which shows students as their peers begin or complete readings. A notifications feed on the side of this home screen shows newly assigned activities, upcoming deadlines and any change in assignments. Students use this stream to collaborate with each other, as well as with the teacher. Students receive a notification when they have a new assignment from the teacher, and use the Fishtree tool to complete it. The program will recommend the best resources for each individual student, using data from his profile and past interactions with the tool. Finally, a “notes” section allows students to capture reflections on their learning.
Fishtree is available in three different plans, each of which includes all of the product’s core features. A tutor version of the product is available for $1.99/month, and includes accounts for up to five students. A class account costs a teacher $3.99/month and includes up to 200 student accounts. Finally, a school or district license is available for either a site license or per user cost; interested users should contact the company to learn more. A free 30 day trial of the tutor or class accounts versions is available.
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